If you think Gangnam is so darn original, think twice. Bollywood has been entertaining us for eons in Gangnam style. And they have not run hush hush to obtain a patent …
I don’t know how long we will talk about Gangnam but one thing is sure, Bollywood will endure the test of time.
RIP Ravi Shankar
The Greatest. He will live on forever on the wings of his music.
I am going to watch Khiladi this weekend, and I am excited. Not so much because I love bodies flying through the air, car collisions and firecracker-Kung-Fu. Well, I do love Akki, but that’s besides the point.
My autistic and predominantly non-verbal student LOVES Bollywood music, so whenever a new movie comes out I am showing him the trailer and the songs. I show him Stardust magazines with all its glamorous Bollywood stars. When I point and ask him “who is this?” he will identify the star with 100% accuracy. On our frequent walks I may start humming a BW tune and lo and behold he will know one or two lines of the lyrics -without understanding a word. Point in case I was humming after a very long hiatus Chammak Challo and he knew the title and who’s acting in the movie.
Today I was telling him about the upcoming Khiladi and I went on Youtube to show him the trailer and then the songs. I had seen the trailer but I had no idea how many beautiful tunes it had!
From my student’s point of view here are the songs he liked best: (with passionate repeat-listening..)
music and lyrics and vocals by Himesh Reshammiya
in second place came The Lonely Song, credits go again to Himesh and Yo Yo Honey Singh & Hamsika Iyer
Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed
followed by Saari Saari Raat also by the ultra-talented Himeshji, GEE!!
and we liked Long Drive, music Himesh. sing sing: Mika Singh
for some reason Balmo came last in our favorite countdown:
music Himesh, singers Shreya Ghoshal and Sreeram
I mean, this movie is a musical treasure chest
and off I go to buy the CD :-)
can’t wait to see these beautiful songs on the big screen!!
– which makes me laugh because before my Bollywood mania days I DESPISED music and dance in movies. Go figure. What a turnaround.
Thank you Youtube, Eros Entertainment and T-series for all these great Bollywood video clips
And thanks Bollywood for adding another dimension to my life. With its colors, its music, its stars, it just brings so much joy, not just to me but all the peeps I can share this passion with. Like my wonderful student.
you probably know best his songs from Singh is King and the Desi Boyz
but he’s got many more goodies hidden under his sleaves..and here are some of my favorites:
Desi Beat – Bodyguard
Watching Namaste America (the only Bollywood program available on my optimum cable, Saturdays at 10 am on channel 48) there was a segment on Mika Singh, one of Bollywood’s top playback singers. You can’t help it but dance to his bouncy songs..
in case you missed him in Singapore at the IIFA 2012
so I looked him up on wiki and walked away IMPRESSED. I know very little about the playback singers and songwriters in India but I have heard their songs of course. I try to catch them live, very often I hear too late about their US appearances. Mika I have missed. Apparently he was on a US tour. Too bad. I got to catch him on Youtube :-)
from his wikipedia page:
Mika is a singer, composer, performer and songwriter. He is considered[by whom?] an acclaimed musician and most of all the ‘Powerhouse Entertainer’. Amongst a wide catalog of smash hits, the prominent ones remain “Singh Is King” (Singh Is King), “Mauja Hi Mauja” (Jab We Met), “Idn-e-Batuta” (Ishqiya), “Dhanno” (Houseful), “Dhin Chika” (Ready), “Desi Beat” (Body Guard), “Subah Hone Na De” (Desi Boys), “Pungi” (Agent Vinod), “Ganpat” (Shootout at Lokhandwala), Gabru (album) and Sawan Mein Lag Haye Aag (album), to name a few. He is also famous for “Jaatan (Jat) ka chora” song which is based on Jat clan (Haryana)Rani tu mi RajaSon of Sardaar.
Mika was born on June 10, 1977 at Durgapur, and brought up in Patna, Bihar with his brother Daler Mehndi. Although born and raised in Bihar, he is a Punjabi. His father, Ajmer Singh Chandan, was a classical musician and amateur wrestler. His mother, Balbir Kaur, took interest in folk music and is a state level amateur wrestler. He is the youngest of six brothers.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Season 14: Derek Hough and Maria Menounos
BUT I LOVED BEST THIS ROCKING BHANGRA:
Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson dancing to Bhangra
I bet it’s not the last time we will get Bollywood-inspired dances on this show. They are always a sure hit.
Even though the guys are all doing a good job…. Bollywood-moves are not in our exactly in our collective DNA. Maybe they should invite Hrithik :-)
I was chopping up something in the kitchen while I had my favorite Saturday program on in the background, “Namaste America” – I had to quickly drop everything when I heard Atif’s beloved voice from afar singing Woh Lamhe, one of his most beautiful songs. I haven’t seen the movie Zeher, but I heard Atif sing this song in Atlantic City few years back and I think it was this song that made me fall in love with him..
Namaste America played some wonderful songs today dedicated to “rain”. Bollywood’s rain songs are lyrical and sexy. Don’t we all love our Bollywood stars soaking in the rain?
God only knows how many stars caught colds filming those.. but hey, we enjoy them.
And when rain mingles with Atif’s voice it turns into honey.. so here is to rain and to Atif.